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2016 Rio Paralympics: Only 2012 Games in London have drawn more spectators


09-12-2016 15:47 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games seem to be a hit with locals. In fact about 167-thousand tickets were sold just for a single day of competition Saturday. The Rio event looks to be the second-most most attended Paralympics, just behind the London Games four years.

One reason for the popularity is the price, with the cheapest ticket costing about 10 Brazilian Reals -- which converts to about 30 U-S cents. It also provides a great opportunity for those who didn't make it to the Olympics to enjoy sports. Being the first nation from South America to host the Paralympics, many locals are also willing to experience the events, with many schools outside Rio making a trip to the host city.

"We’re expecting another bumper crowd today, with 160,000 people in attendance. The atmosphere in this park has been great, with families of all ages attending the Games," said Caraig Spence, IPC spokesman.

"The prices are affordable. They are accessible for everyone. Another thing is that it’s a new experience for Brazilians, to see the medals, attend the Paralympics. I think it’s a novelty for everyone," a woman said.

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